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"Without Adherence To Principle There is Chaos!"
From * In Defense of Rural America *
By Ron Ewart, President
National Association of Rural Landowners
and nationally recognized author on freedom and property rights issues.
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Human newborns, no matter what culture or geographical location, are very much like computers with empty hard drives. You can fill the hard drive with truths, (say a well-written program that can be an excellent tool) or you can dump garbage into it and have it produce gibberish. Babies are also like sponges and they absorb everything that their five senses ingest, either good or evil. Babies are not pre-programmed for good. They can be molded into any type of human their handlers want them to be. If babies are left to their own resources, should they survive to adulthood, they become the sum of all of their inherited characteristics and all of their experiences and how their mind processes those experiences. We cover this in our "The Little Black Box" Theory. But babies are not responsible for whom or what they become. Their parents and their teachers are responsible. That is a huge responsibility that way too many parents and teachers take lightly.

So we as parents and teachers have a choice. We can instill solid "principles" of right and wrong, self-reliance, discipline, compassion and responsibility in our charges, or we can instill incarnate evil and everything in between. Or, we can allow them to be brainwashed, as is happening in our public schools today. But if we do nothing, what our children become is unpredictable and is subject to random influences. Under random influences, a child has the possibility of becoming a Hitler, a George Washington, or a derelict, depending upon the principles, or lack thereof, that have been recorded on their "hard drives". But whatever we do, or don't do, for or against our children, can have a profound affect on history and future generations.

A couple of thousand years ago, a set of moral "principles" was handed down to the peoples of the time. "Principles" that have stood the test of time and that have been the bedrock of at least two major religions whose heartbeat started in and near Jerusalem, Israel. Those principles have been the fabric and foundation that have kept these religions alive and going strong, for well over 2,000 years. Splinter religions that strayed from, or significantly altered the "principles", fell by the wayside and disappeared from view, or became ineffectual fringe elements, or outcasts. Radical religions have brought much pain, suffering and strife to the world of man.

Countries and cultures are a great deal like the minds of young babies. They can either establish a set of strong principles to govern them selves, or allow them selves to be subject to random influences, or worse, in their apathy and indifference, allow their governors to gain unlimited and sometimes absolute powers.

There is an inviolate law of nature that was set down by scientists in the 19th century as the second law of thermo-dynamics. It is also called the law of entropy. In simple words the law states that any entity, any body, has only one path from present to future and that path is from order to disorder. A body with heat loses that heat. A cell in an organism eventually wears out and dies. The orbits of planets and moons ultimately decay and they sometimes crash into their suns, or their host planets. Suns, like our own, use up their energy and in time, burn out from the loss of nuclear fuel, expand into massive red planets and then collapse into white dwarfs. Because of the law of entropy, many scientists believe our Universe could be headed for what they call "heat death," where all heat is lost to the void and only absolute cold is left in its place.

But like many laws, there are some exceptions. It seems that there is another mysterious force at work in our Universe, wherein order emerges from chaos and instead we get the opposite of entropy. Massive supernova explosions of giant stars spew out elements, billions of miles into the surrounding void, elements that are manufactured in the bowels of the dying star from nuclear fusion. Over time those released elements coalesce into huge clouds of gas and the gas clouds then begin to collapse under gravity and form new stars that heat emerging planets, upon which some, life is born. Thus, from the death of a massive star, from order to disorder under the law of entropy, comes order in the form of new suns, planets and life, and in some cases intelligent life. All life and inanimate matter on earth is made up of the elements that were manufactured in massive star supernovas. And by some operation of principle, or law, those elements assemble themselves into objects with form and purpose, like stars, planets, rocks, water, plant, animal and even intelligent life.

On Earth, at least, a plant rises up out of the moist, rich soil from a tiny seed no bigger than a few grains of sand. Its journey through life is preordained. It cannot sway from the goal set for it by its genetics, chemistry and biology. Those limits are its "principles". Somewhere along the way a bud forms on the end of a stalk or tendril of the plant and in but a few days, erupts into a splendor of color and a soft, enticing shape; each plant having its own unique form. Deep inside the flower, which it has now become, lies the makings for its offspring and with a little help from other creatures, the chemical means to allow it to reproduce. Soon it is visited by a host of flying insects and birds and from that embrace and the ultimate distribution of the contents of its interior, the seeds are sown for a new generation of the species.

In contrast, human beings of Earth are far different than the plant, even though they too come from a seed. Humans possess what all plants and most, if not all animals, do not possess. Humans have pre-programmed into them volition, free choice, an ego, an id, a will to determine their own direction, their own future. But humans, without adherence to sound principles, invite chaos and can wander aimlessly, without purpose. These hapless souls become easy pray for governments looking for votes.

It is written that eleven score and twelve years ago, "our founding fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty", in which the unalienable rights, granted to us by our creator, were codified into a set of "principles" under our constitution. "And to secure these inalienable rights, governments were instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

"Now we are engaged in a time" of contentious conflict, confusion, turmoil and division, amongst our own people, severely "testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure." But without adherence to and the defense of the "principles" upon which this great nation was founded, the law of entropy will surely lead us from order into chaos and we shall crumble and decay into socialism, despotism, or a dictatorship, as have all past nations who toyed with freedom throughout the history of man and lost it. The future of freedom is in our hands, but only if we fiercely adhere to the principles handed down to us by the brave and courageous men and women who forged America, at great cost, in a time of turmoil, conflict, confusion and division.

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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property issues and author of his weekly column, "In Defense of Rural America", is the President of the National Association of Rural Landowners, (NARLO) a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State and dedicated to restoring, maintaining and defending property rights for urban and rural landowners. He can be reached by e-mail for comment at or by 'phone at 1 800 682-7848.

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